Will the BCS Champion for 2013-2014 in college football come from the SEC Conference? That is an interesting question.
With Alabama winning
2 consecutive BCS titles and a 13/4 favorite to win a 3rd on the college football odds boards, you would
think that there’s a good chance. However, many contenders remain a threat.
We look at Bovada Sportsbook futures and 6 out of the top 11
teams that are favorite to win the BCS Championship come from the SEC. This
includes Alabama (13/4), Texas A&M (10/1), Georgia (14/1), LSU (16/1), South
Carolina (22/1), and Florida (25/1).
Although this is a large list, realistically, only 2 teams
out of this list have a legitimate shot at winning.
Alabama Crimson Tide
Alabama made the Notre Dame defense look like Swiss Cheese
en route to a 42-14 blowout in the championship game. The Tide exposed Manti
Te’o and the Notre Dame defense for 529 overall yards and Alabama’s defense
ranked 1st in the nation, allowing just 10.9 points per game. After
the win over Notre Dame, coach Nick Saban was asked about the word dynasty and
with a championship this season, you would have to consider Alabama to be a
The Tide dominated the recruiting scene. This team is only
going to get stronger and have just a couple of threats this year as they were
declared the favorite by the odds makers.
Texas A&M Aggies
I actually think that the bettors are getting super value
with the Aggies at 10/1. This is a team that served Alabama their only loss
last season and sported the best player in college football in quarterback
Manziel walked away being the only freshman to win the
Heisman Trophy, a 41-13 victory over Landry Jones and the Oklahoma Sooners in
the AT&T Cotton Bowl, and celebrity status. “Johnny Football” is simply
unstoppable through the air and on the ground. NFL scouts are licking their
chops, waiting for Manziel to declare leaving early for the NFL.
This is a big money player and he puts Texas A&M right
in the thick of the hunt for the BCS Championship.
Although any SEC team can beat any other team on any given
day, Alabama and Texas A&M are the only legitimate threats to win it all.
Ohio State Buckeyes
I don’t care that the odds makers have the Oregon Ducks as
the 2nd favorite to win it all at 13/2; the Ohio State Buckeyes are
the best team in college football and with the best head coach.
Ohio State went undefeated last season, but was unable to
participate in the post season thanks to the players and head coach of previous
years. Ohio State was clearly better than Notre Dame last year and would’ve
given Bama a run for their money. You knew the second that head coach Urban
Meyer was “coming home” this would be a winning football team. Meyer has won 2
championships with Florida and aside from Saban, has the most respected
reputation in college football.
He and quarterback Braxton Miller didn’t disappoint. You
could say that the level of competition in the SEC is superior to that of the
Big-Ten. I mean really, did anyone expect a 7 win team like Wisconsin to score
70 points on the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the Big-Ten Championship Game?
Meyer and the Buckeyes still have a lot to prove. The strongest team on Ohio State’s schedule
is the Michigan Wolverines. Michigan is a 35/1 shot to win the BCS Championship.
Off of schedule alone, Ohio State will have an easier road than Alabama or
Texas A&M, but they won’t be tested as if they were in the SEC.
Look For the Value
Alabama has too many difficult opponents along the way and I
don’t see a dynasty. You have a much better chance at taking Texas A&M and
Ohio State with such great value. Where Ohio State is concerned, it’s very
difficult for a team to have back to back undefeated seasons and where Texas
A&M is concerned, they’re playing high level competition and can Johnny
Football duplicate the season that he had last year?
I’m leaning towards Ohio State for this future college football pick, but this is a 3 team race.